Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti is proud to announce that restaurants will be able to use municipal space for outdoor dining for another year!
Please read her statement below and share.
During the 2021 legislative session, I worked to pass legislation extending the use of municipal spaces for outdoor dining for an additional year, which the governor recently signed into law (Ch. 298 of 2021). Our restaurants are the backbone of our downtowns and our communities, and they need every ounce of support to get back on their feet.
Restrictions were put in place and sacrifices were made to protect our fellow New Yorkers. Unfortunately, our local businesses suffered greatly. This popular use of sidewalks and streets for outdoor dining has offered critical lifelines for restaurants and bars throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The state of emergency may be over now, but by allowing restaurants to continue using these spaces for another year, our hope is that this new law will give them much-needed time to recover from the financial hardships of the pandemic.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our community!